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Medicare and Medicaid Liens Made Easy

The process is simple.  Someone gets hurt, they get taken care of, and the provider must be compensated.  The complication comes in with whom.  Medicaid comes to the rescue and pays the bills if a person is not able to compensate for the care they receive for a personal injury.   Subrogation occurs when Medicaid is reimbursed using some of the money that is recovered through lawsuits.  Therefore, if you get into an accident and Medicaid covers your medical treatments, a lien will be in place where all proceeds will first be directed to repay those costs.   A personal injury attorney can help injury victims or wrongful death cases recover damages and confirm that all legal debts for medical expenditures are paid.

Medicare is a slightly different story.  Medicare is an insurance program which serves people over 65 and the disabled, while Medicaid is an assistance program that helps low-income people of every age.  Medicare creates liens against the injured victim so the government can claim some of the money that is rewarded from the at-fault party.

A ratio is used to calculate the amount the Medicare program will take; Medicare includes the cost of securing a judgment when recovering against a patient who has received their services.  The key is not to fight Medicare’s right to claim a reward, as they can seek a higher amount if there is a dispute. Medicaid and Medicare can all be very confusing to those who don’t know the system.  That’s why Hardison Wood has experienced attorneys who are here to help.

If anyone you know is dealing with a judgment by a lien holder or personal injury case, give us a call.  Hardison Wood can limit the amount of the judgment recovered by Medicare or Medicaid.

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